Why Reacher Season 3’s New Character Casting Has Us Worried

Summary

  • Season 3 follows the storyline of Lee Child’s
    Persuader
    , with Reacher seeking revenge for his colleague’s death.
  • Sonya Cassidy has been as Susan Duffy, Reacher’s love interest in
    Persuader
    .
  • The inclusion of a love interest for
    Reacher
    in season 3 is unnecessary and risks weakening the story and characters.



In line with the series’ formula, Amazon Prime Video’s Reacher season 3 is set to introduce a new cast of characters, which is worrisome for one big reason. Based on Lee Child’s seventh Jack Reacher novel, Persuader, the third outing will put Reacher (Alan Ritchson) in a familiar fish-out-of-water position. After season 2’s heavy reliance on the former members of Reacher’s 110th Special Investigations Unit, that’s a huge relief. What worked so well about Reacher season 1 was the dynamic between Reacher and his new Margrave allies, Roscoe Conklin (Willa Fitzgerald) and Oscar Finlay (Malcolm Goodwin).


While the Reacher season 2 ending tied up all the loose ends in the ongoing plot against Reacher’s former unit, season 3 promises to take Reacher to the fictional town of Abbot, Maine. If the source material is followed to a T, Reacher will wind up working for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in an unofficial capacity, revisiting the streets of Boston, and seeking revenge for the wrongful death of his former Army colleague, Dominique Kohl. Although Persuader provides a refreshing, exciting blueprint for Reacher season 3, the show must alter one key character’s role to succeed.

Reacher Seasons & Their Lee Child Novel Source Material

Season

Book Title

Book Series Order

Reacher season 1

Killing Floor

#1

Reacher season 2

Bad Luck and Trouble

#11

Reacher season 3

Persuader

#7

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Reacher Season 3 Just Cast Reacher’s Next Love Interest

Lodge 49’s Sonya Cassidy Will Play DEA Agent Susan Duffy

Already, Reacher season 3 has cast new characters, including seemingly corrupt businessman Zachary Beck and DEA agent Susan Duffy. While Anthony Michael Hall (Halloween Kills) will be playing the former, it’s the inclusion of Susan Duffy that’s giving viewers pause. There’s no denying that Duffy actor Sonya Cassidy (Lodge 49) is incredibly well cast for the role, but Susan Duffy’s Persuader character presents a real dilemma for Reacher season 3. In series fashion, Agent Duffy becomes an ally-turned-love-interest for Jack Reacher. That approach might work in Child’s novels, but it’s already wearing thin in the TV show adaptation.


Ahead of its season 2 premiere,
Reacher
was renewed for a third outing.

In Persuader, the DEA agent does fill the Roscoe/Dixon role, thus slotting her into an incredibly familiar narrative framework. However, the casting news doesn’t just impact the viewers who are still holding out hope for Roscoe’s return in a future installment of Reacher — or even ex-110th member Karla Dixon’s (Serinda Swan) series’ future. The one-note use of women characters, who aren’t Reacher‘s Frances Neagley (Maria Sten), is becoming something of a pattern for Amazon Prime Video’s Reacher. That said, Reacher season 3 has the opportunity to correct the course.


Why Reacher Shouldn’t Have A Love Interest In Season 3

Reacher’s Romance Plots Are A Detriment To Both The Titular Character & His Paramours

In order to fix one of Reacher season 2’s biggest problems, Reacher season 3 needs to avoid a new love interest for its titular character. Although Persuader provides a solid framework for the latest season to pull from, Reacher has proven that mixing up Child’s stories, while remaining faithful to the Jack Reacher character, has the potential for success. However, the book reveals Reacher season 3’s story will follow similar beats. Since the next chapter in Amazon Prime Video’s hit series will even feature DEA Agent Susan Duffy, it seems the show is intent on retaining Reacher’s flings.

As of December 2023,
Reacher
season 3 had already started filming.


Just because the one-off love interest formula has worked well in the past doesn’t mean that Reacher needs a romantic entanglement in every future chapter of the show. Season 2’s use of Dixon in said role diminished her character, whereas not only did Reacher and Roscoe have great chemistry in season 1, but their relationship built gradually. While viewers were told Dixon and Reacher had unrequited history, that telling didn’t amount to a compelling story. In order to break up the Reacher formula and strengthen both Ritchson’s character and others, season 3 needs to avoid the love interest plot.

Amazon’s Reacher Must Alter Duffy’s Season 3 Role

Making Her A Platonic Ally Will Only Help Her Persuader Arc

A battered and bruised Reacher talking to Neagley at the Bus Station in Reacher


Although Susan Duffy is one of the Reacher book characters who needs to appear in Amazon’s series, the show must alter her role. Duffy can still be a DEA agent who aids (and is aided by) Reacher, but their relationship should remain platonic. The romantic twist that Duffy and Reacher’s dynamic takes in Persuader isn’t crucial to the narrative at hand. Said element isn’t even that important to their individual character arcs. Given that the Duffy alteration wouldn’t negatively impact Reacher season 3, the series should learn from its past outings and modify its narrow approach to women characters.

Watch On Amazon Prime Video

Reacher

Produced by Amazon Prime Video, Reacher adapts Lee Child’s Jack Reacher book series to live-action. The series follows veteran Military Police Officer Jack Reacher as he unravels a dangerous conspiracy in the fictional town of Margrave, Georgia. Played by the towering Alan Ritchson, the titular hero collaborates with officer Roscoe Conklin (Willa Fitzgerald) and Chief Detective Oscar Finlay (Malcolm Goodwin) to clean his name and save Margrave from crime and corruption.

Release Date
February 4, 2022

Cast
Malcolm Goodwin , Maria Sten , Willa Fitzgerald , Bruce McGill , Chris Webster , Alan Ritchson , Anthony Michael Hall

Seasons
3

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    Reacher

    Summary:
    Produced by Amazon Prime Video, Reacher adapts Lee Child’s Jack Reacher book series to live-action. The series follows veteran Military Police Officer Jack Reacher as he unravels a dangerous conspiracy in the fictional town of Margrave, Georgia. Played by the towering Alan Ritchson, the titular hero collaborates with officer Roscoe Conklin (Willa Fitzgerald) and Chief Detective Oscar Finlay (Malcolm Goodwin) to clean his name and save Margrave from crime and corruption.

    Release Date:
    2022-02-04

    Cast:
    Malcolm Goodwin, Maria Sten, Willa Fitzgerald, Bruce McGill, Chris Webster, Alan Ritchson, Anthony Michael Hall

    Genres:
    Drama, Crime, Action

    Seasons:
    3

    Story By:
    nick santora

    Writers:
    Nick Santora

    Network:
    amazon prime video

    Streaming Service(s):
    Amazon Prime Video

    Franchise(s):
    Jack Reacher

    Directors:
    Nick Santora

    Showrunner:
    Nick Santora